The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) will visit Jamaica next week
to conduct an audit of the country’s anti-doping programme after the
world body expressed anger at the Caribbean nation’s reluctance to
schedule a visit until next year.
Three WADA officials, however, are now expected to arrive for a
two-day visit on October 28 and 29, Herb Elliott, the head of the Jamaican
Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) has revealed.
He did not provide the names of the WADA officials who will conduct
the investigation after several Jamaican athletes tested positive for doping
offences this year.
Former world 100 metres record holder Asafa Powell, twice 200
metres Olympic champion Veronica Campbell-Brown and London Games
4×100 relay silver medalist Sherone Simpson all failed drug tests and were
left out of Jamaica’s athletics team for the world championships in August.
Campbell-Brown has since been censured for the positive test for the
banned diuretic hydrochlorothiazide, which is on WADA’s banned list as a
masking agent, but escaped a ban.
Sources close to Jamaican athletics indicated that at the time the banned
drug was contained in a cream that Campbell-Brown was using to treat a leg
injury and which she had declared on her doping control form.
The credibility of Jamaica’s anti-doping work has been further called into
question by Renee Anne Shirley, a former senior official with JADCO, who
told Sports Illustrated in August the authority had carried out just one out-ofcompetition
test from February 2012 to the start of the London Olympics in
WADA President John Fahey had expressed his body’s frustration at the
Jamaican authorities’ stonewalling of a visit by the world body in an interview
with a British newspaper earlier yesterday.
Fahey had suggested in the interview that WADA would investigate “a
number of options” open to the body that could include declaring the country
“non-compliant” with the WADA code, which would pave the way for global
sporting bodies like the International Olympic Committee to impose punitive